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16 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, December 11 - December 17, 1998 New cemetery provides f'mal rest for Sussex veterans Many Delaware veterans trav- eled the world over to serve their country, but, in the end, they don't want their families and friends to have to travel the length of the state to lay them to rest and pay their final respects. The problem of the state having only one veteran's cemetery in northern Delaware will soon be rectified. The new cemetery, located at Stockley, just off of U.S. 13, south of Georgetown, is under construction and will be officially dedicated in October, 1999. According to Wesley Jones, Veterans Memorial Cemetery ad- ministrator for the state, there will be spaces for 1,600 burials in the first phase; there will be 800 dou- ble vaults, 400 singles and 400 cremation niches. The 65-acre site has the capacity for 4,600 burial sites. "This is so important to those who live in southern and central Delaware," he said. "In the past, many veterans who live down here have chosen not to be buried in the veterans cemetery in Bear; it's just too far for family and friends to have to travel for funer- al arrangements and to visit the graves of loved ones. This has been needed for some time and it will open in October, exactly 10 years after the first one opened in By Rosanne Pack that his office and the veterans di- vision of the Delaware Depart- ment of Labor can serve as re- sources for information on burial in a veterans cemetery. He said there are approximately 79,000 veterans in Delaware and only about 16,000 are active in veter- ans associations. "Those who are involved in VFWs and American Legions might know how to get necessary information, but there are. so many who are not in these organiza- tions," Pernoi said. "We want to reach out to these veterans and let them know what is there for them for burial options.' "We will be glad to send repre- sentatives to senior centers, civic organizations and town councils to get the message out." Construction began on infra- structure at the site in September; construction on the memorial park and administration building be- gins soon; work is almost com- plete on installation of the first phase of burial sites. "This is a unique manner of in- stallation," Jones said. "The vaults are actually pre-set in the ground; and all covered with 18- inches of sod. When they are used, only the top layer of sod has to be removed and the vault opened for placement of the cas- ket. "There are double vaults for Rosanne Pack photos Visiting the construction site of the new southern Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery are (l-r) Ben Per- nol, state commissioner of veterans affairs; Bob Rieh, on-site supervisor for veter- ans cemeteries; and Wesley Jones, administrator for Vet erans Memorial Cemeteries. Below, in a new approach to cemetery preparation, burial vaults are pre-in- stalled in the new Veterans Memorial Cemetery near Stockley. All the vaults are pre-installed in each section and only top sod must be dis- turbed for individual casket placement. This first phase of installation contains 800 vaults. with awarding of the bids in late February. Cooper estimates that the first tank to be built, at the old plant site, will be finished in the spring of 2000. golf ball type tank at the top, and a By Nov. 1, 1999, he expects composite tank with a concrete work to commence on demolish- pedestal and steel tank on top. ing the downtown tank and to op- Cooper said the decision on the crate off the Dewey Beach water type of tanks to be erected won't storage tank while the work is un- be decided until after they open derway. The downtown tank bids. "We won't necessarily take would be completed in the fall of the cheapest, but we'll look at 2000. long term operating costs as well," "Since we can use the Dewey he said. [Beach] tank, we have more time The cost of financing the new than originally thought. If the pro- tanks is expected to increase water ject is done sequentially, we can and sewer bills by approximately push the time frame further out," 10 percent. northern Delaware." couples who wish to be buried He said only about 250 Sussex side-by-side, and single vaults for ',,...,.t 1.. o.e,.*ee I;" eJleeee   ,o, e o) l#t.'k, e.e .lo,)J . . ,,.,,..,,., .,., . _ County veterans are buried in the those who will be buried alone, el'' " t' /pr f" "'1  l:lllltelLe. Bear veterans cemetery. Those who choose to be cremated tie AI!fl tACt I 1 A Spinal Jones said using the benefit of can have their urns placed in nich- . It , being buried in a veterans ceme- es in the ground or in the colum- tery saves a family an estimated barium which is a structure with $4,600. There are no costs at the niches for urns."   ' M 0iday gS 51 cemetery. " The completed veterans ceme- Veterans are encouraged to tery will have a memorial park contact the Delaware Commission area landscaped arund flag pies il'e. tl___.,=,"llr sII|S AA !._ of Veterans Affairs for informa- and acommittal building, s tion on eligibility and pre-applica- For information on the southern tion. site, contact the Delaware Ueter- vr VV; Jones said, in addition to'the ans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 . monetary savings, pre-applying Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE for burial in the veterans cemetery 19701, 302-834-8046 or the I0 also relieves a bereaved family of Delaware Commission of Veter- e _1 A at  last-minutedecisions, ansAffairs, POBox 1401, Old  _ _ , PqlEII __ L pl. e t Ben Pernol, commissioner of State House Building, Dover, DE veterans affairs for Delaware, said 19903,800-344-9900. J;e ..... 001116 "IOIB us for' Cooper explained. , J  L.,  * Tr{ ,tt Referendum He also noted that if the bidding , !I 7 n dmlb manufacturers aregivenmore   $ ' i time to complete the project, the II price should be more competitive. The city is looking at two styles of tanks - a spheroid design made of steel with a single pedestal and Continued from page 14   i . - 0